When it comes to the class of 2010, few players have put as much homework into making a college decision as Tobias Harris. A 6-foot-8 forward from New York, Harris has spent a considerable amount of time making unofficial visits to programs all across the country.
Lately, Harris has been focusing on his game a little more and his travels with Mike Hart's Albany City Rocks program.
"It's been going real well," said Harris of his spring on the grassroots circuit. "I've been working real hard. In all the tournaments I've been playing real well."
Soon enough, though, Harris will be back on the visit trail and he's got a couple planned within the next week or so.
Having narrowed down his to a group of 11 that includes Syracuse, Connecticut, West Virginia, Virginia Tech, Notre Dame, Louisville, Oklahoma, Georgia Tech, and Maryland along with Tennessee, Harris has no shortage of options. There's also no shortage of approaches for coaches to use and he broke down what could potentially set Tennessee apart from the others
"Probably talking a guy like Tyler Smith. He's a four man like me that createes a lot," said Harris of how he would envision himself at Tennessee. "They've got a good class with Jordan McRae and Josh Selby also."
A natural playmaker who has skill facing the hoop, Harris is an underrated passer. Not surprisingly, Bruce Pearl has pointed out how the Volunteers system allows for big men to make plays.
"One of the things that he told me that stood out was that their four man leads the team in assists," Harris told Inside Tennessee. "That's real big, having a big man lead in assists."
Between his visits and traveling to play ball, Harris doesn't think he'll get down to cutting his list again until after the summer. At that point, he'd like to cut it down to five and then set up his official visits before making a decision. While environment and academic programs will be important, Harris also makes it clear that a fit on the basketball side is quite important.
When I'm looking for a school," said Harris. "I'm looking for an offense that is going to let me play on the outside and the inside."